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New strategic alliance for animal health research in Scotland

11 November 2010

A new animal health partnership platform has been established in Scotland by Pfizer Animal Health and the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC). The collaboration, one of the largest for veterinary research and education in Europe, is aimed at finding better ways of preventing and managing disease and advancing sustainable animal agriculture and welfare.

  New strategic alliance for animal health research in Scotland .

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The alliance, which will be backed by funding of approximately $2 million USD over five years, will involve the four EBRC partners: the Moredun Research Institute, The Roslin Institute (an institute of BBSRC), The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, and the Scottish Agricultural College (SAC). It was formally launched in October when Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal visited the University of Edinburgh's Easter Bush campus where a new building is being constructed, with £30M funding from BBSRC, to accommodate the Roslin Institute and animal science specialists from SAC.

"This new collaboration will bring together many of the research leaders in the animal health world, backed by an unrivalled resource. The potential for increasing our knowledge and improving our ability to manage animal health and welfare issues is very exciting," said Dr. Albert Bourla, Pfizer Animal Health Area President for Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and Pacific.

"The time when industry could research and develop its own ideas and products in isolation is coming to an end; the future of animal health and welfare lies in multi-disciplinary collaboration with external partners who share the same vision."

Professor Elaine Watson, Head of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, said, "The EBRC has a wealth of expertise and this agreement ensures a critical mass of inquiry for animal health and welfare issues, which will encourage new multi-disciplinary collaborations as well as provide training for the next generation of vets and scientists."

Roslin Director David Hume said "From the view of a BBSRC Institute, this investment represents a strong vindication of BBSRC Science Strategy directed towards solving the global challenges in food security".

(seated l-r) Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh and Dr Albert Bourla, President Europe, Africa and Asia, Pfizer Animal Health. © Paul Dodds

Seated left-right - Professor Sir Timothy O'Shea, Principal of the University of Edinburgh and Dr Albert Bourla, President Europe, Africa and Asia, Pfizer Animal Health. © Paul Dodds.

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